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What is Methadone?
Methadone is a long acting, extremely powerful synthetic opioid that is usually prescribe to treat:
Severe Chronic Pain
Methadone came into popularity as a maintenance drug for individuals dependent on heroin, morphine and other powerful opioids. Methadone works by blocking receptors in the brain that allow opioid dependent individuals to experience the euphoric high that they seek.
Is Methadone addictive?
Methadone is a highly addictive substance and is habit forming. Within a few weeks of consistently taking Methadone, the body adjusts to the presence of the drug and a tolerance develops. As a tolerance to Methadone develops, the body requires more and more Methadone to relieve the symptoms it was prescribed to treat. Taking higher doses of Methadone can increase the risk of experiencing uncomfortable side effects.
Signs of Methadone Addiction
- Extreme drug seeking behaviors
- Increased risky behaviors
- Appearance of withdrawal symptoms
Methadone is a very powerful drug that the body may become physically dependent upon. If a person no longer wishes to continue taking Methadone or wants to discontinue taking the drug due to its side effects, medical supervision is necessary to prevent withdrawal symptoms.
Methadone Withdrawal Symptoms
- Flu-like symptoms
Under the supervision of the professionals at Outpatient Detox, patients do not need to fear experiencing withdrawal symptoms from methadone. Patients can complete a methadone detox in the comfort of their own homes with personalized treatment plans that allow them to remain safe, calm, comfortable and able to sleep at night throughout the detoxification period. Outpatient Detox does not replace Methadone with maintenance drugs; instead, the professionals at Outpatient Detox free patients of all drugs allowing patients to return to their normal, healthy lives.